Police release CCTV images from Shoalhaven ram-raids

Detectives investigating two ram-raids in the Shoalhaven released images of a vehicle on Friday morning they believe may have been used in the robberies.

Just after 3am on Thursday, April 10, a white-coloured late-model Toyota Hilux dual cab utility was stolen from Booderee National Park.

Along with the ute, a blue trailer with an attached hydraulic lift was stolen.

At the time of the theft, another white-coloured ute was captured on CCTV leaving the area with the stolen vehicle. 

About 4.15am the same day, a service station owner was notified of an alarm activation at his shop on the Princes Highway in Falls Creek.

The owner attended the service station, which was closed at the time, and found it had been broken into.

A large safe containing cash was missing, as were a number of cartons of cigarettes.

The property had also been seriously damaged.

Police were called to the scene.

Four days later – shortly after 5am on Monday, April 14 - police were called to a service station on the Princes Highway in Wandandian after reports of a ram-raid robbery.

Police were told two or three men in a white Toyota Hilux ute had reversed through the front door of the service station.

The men used chains and a sledgehammer to dislodge an in-store ATM and hoist it onto the rear of the ute.

Two staff members, who interrupted the robbery, were threatened with the sledgehammer and chain before the men disguised by black clothing and balaclavas left the scene.

They were last seen heading north on the Princes Highway.

Detectives from the Shoalhaven Local Area Command formed Strike Force Lagul to investigate the ram-raid robberies and believe the same group were responsible for both offences.

Investigators also believe that the late model white Toyota Hilux dual cab ute stolen from Booderee on the 10 April, was used in both offences.

The utility and trailer have not yet been located.

Anyone with information about the incidents can call Nowra Police on 4421 9699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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